Poi are balls or weights which are attached to a string and played on circular orbits. The first moves are easy to learn and Poi are fun to play young and old.
Poi then and now
The origin of the Poi is about 1000 years back at the Māori in New Zealand. They used Poi for training and physical activity.
In the meantime Poi are to be found especially at medieval festivals, Goa/Tekno parties, juggling conventions and among fire artists. The community is growing steadily and two larger groups have emerged: On the one hand the more technical players and on the other the dancing Poi players.
Types of Poi
Poi comes in many forms and types. Very popular are Sockspoi which usually consist of fabric tubes (or socks), which are filled with a ball or weight. Contact Poi consist of a rubber ball, a cord and a ball grip. There are also Poi that consist only of a handle and a large flag or Poi with a long veil on the ball. Special kinds of Poi are LED/glow Poi and fire Poi.
Types of handle
There are different handles for the Poi and many ways to grab them. The most common types of handles are finger loops and balls. Double finger loops can be pulled over two fingers. Simple finger loops can also be tanggled over two fingers. Balls range from a simple knot in a sock poi, silicone balls to fine wood balls.
Poi can be played almost anywhere. During a walk, while waiting or during a break in the office. Even when brushing your teeth.
Research shows significant improvements in the areas of balance, flexibility, grip strength, fitness and attention span.
Archieving the flow state calms the mind and enhances focus. This has a positive effect on the reduction of stress and tension.